Local pilots busily prepare for July 4 parade
Ryan Summerlin July 3, 2012
The annual Granby airport fly-in and pancake breakfast is going to be July 7 this year. Four local pilots, who call themselves the Rocky Mountain Flyers, will open the Granby Fourth of July parade again this year by flying over the parade route in formation. These same pilots will hurry back to the airport and land so that they can don their parade aircraft.
Six bright yellow “airplanes” will be in the parade with pilots wearing World War I style silk scarves, leather helmets and goggles. This parade entry is by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1267 out of Granby. The pilots will be trying out different formations as they march down the parade route. “Tweety Birds” are what they call the aircraft since the Air Force already uses the name Thunder Birds.
The 10th annual fly-in and pancake breakfast event begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast served through 10:30 a.m. All funds raised from the event support the scholarship fund to send students to AirAcademy in Oshkosh, Wis., or help local kids in college aviation curriculums with tuition. The pilots from cahper 1267 also fly Grand County students in their Young Eagles program. Over the last twelve years, these local pilots have flown more than 600 kids to introduce them to flight at no charge to them or their parents.